Letters to the Editor

Conservative Republicans, four-way stops, gun laws

Updated: 2013-07-01T18:54:34Z

Put people first

It’s high time that we stop blaming Congress as a whole for its ineffectiveness and place the blame squarely where it belongs — at the feet of far-right conservative Republicans.

Unless you have been living in a cave the past four years, we’ve all seen and heard the political strategy of the far right, which is blame President Barack Obama for everything. Give him credit for nothing and obstruct his agenda regardless of the consequences for our nation.

Conservative Republicans’ dogged resistance against the will of the vast majority of Americans on issues such as simple background checks for those attempting to purchase guns sends an unmistakeable message that if Obama is for it, conservative Republicans will be against it.

I read almost daily of the pain and frustration of moderate Republicans who love our country and recognize the dangers of their party’s blind allegiance to the warped agenda of right-wing radicals. This Democrat supports you and understands that even though we might not agree on much, the will of the people must come first.

Eddie L. Clay

Grandview

Four-way stops

The Star’s story on four-way stops (6-26, A1, “City yields on some traffic signal changes”) did not include which intersections would revert to the old traffic lights, but I hope it won’t be the ones in my neighborhood.

I will admit that I griped when the traffic lights in our neighborhood were replaced by four-way stops. And, while the four-way stops still have a few challenges, I also admit that I have come around to liking them.

I think they reaffirm that I am part of a neighborhood and a community. The four-way stops get us to slow down, to look around, to take turns and to look each other in the eye.

Most of us select our homes because of the neighborhood. We chose our neighborhood because of the people, the architecture of the homes and the ease of access to schools, grocery stores, shops, libraries and restaurants. The four-way stops get us to pay more attention to our chosen neighborhood and to the people who share it with us.

I hope they stay.

Bridget FitzGerald

Kansas City

Political flimflam

While visiting Italy, we met three young children who wanted to show us a newspaper. The scam is that two of them entertain you while the third one cleans out your pockets.

Politicians seem to run a more sophisticated version of this scam. They bombard us with scandal stories while they are many times working projects that enhance their own pocketbooks or reputations.

When we hear all these terrible stories, maybe we should ask what is really going on.

Ed Regan

Overland Park

Shady gun laws

Granted, political correctness demands that guns be demonized, but, really, holding gun companies liable for their use?

Shall we hold car companies liable for deaths caused by improper use? Baseball bat makers for deaths caused by crazed individuals? How about the drone makers for those 49 innocent men/women/children killed for every one “suspected” terrorist? Hammer makers? Taser companies? Bulldozer makers (death of Rachel Corrie in Israel). And on and on.

Guns are tools and as such require training on their proper use. One doesn’t give a chainsaw or other possibly lethal object to inexperienced people and expect them to use it properly.

Quit whining, get educated and take responsibility for your own actions. It’s the only way a society works. The promulgation of endless laws that control every aspect of one’s life does not a healthy society make.

There’s only one rule/law, the Golden Rule. All others are gravy, either enhancing or obfuscating.

Jim Svetlecic

Liberty

Keeping conscience

The sleeping giant in America needs to be awakened before it’s too late.

Humanity was created with inalienable rights that cannot and should not be taken away. Among these — and in our First Amendment — is the right to religious freedom, which cannot be separated from American’s fundamental happiness and even self-identity.

If a governing body begins to take away those rights, the voice of the people should be heard loud and clear. Lawmakers’ offices should be flooded with letters and phone calls.

Ask your representatives to support the Conscience Rights Act (HR 940). Don’t let our rights slip away to where our children and grandchildren will be commanded to do evil even when their conscience tells them otherwise.

Bernice Nordhus

Seneca, Kan.

U.S. Postal Service

There has been much talk lately about the U.S. Postal Service. There is no other service that I know of where you can mail a letter from one end of the country to the other end for the price of a stamp. Also, I know of no other service that is required to pre-fund retirees’ health-care benefits for the next 75 years.

To make money is not a role of a government agency, although some people say it should be run like a business. It is there to serve the public.

Edward Acosta

Shawnee

Cash feeds lawmakers

Too bad Missouri state Sen. Brad Lager and state Rep. Doug Funderburk are in their final terms.

Calling our political system corrupt is absolutely spot on. Campaign contribution reform is an absolute must. Government by the people, for the people went out the window a long time ago.

Money buys everything in Congress nowadays. If you have money and need something done politically to benefit you and/or your business, all it takes is lining a few pockets.

Campaign contributions and lobbyist money should have no place in politics. Neither is good for the majority of the population.

Government by the people requires running a campaign on your own dime and your solid reputation the way our forefathers intended it.

Brian Acker

Kansas City

Democrats’ old gripes

With Republicans asking for investigations into Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service fiasco and the seizure of AP reporter records, Democrats are talking about past investigations.

Democrats are talking as if Ken Starr’s President Bill Clinton/Whitewater investigation was a waste of time. There were 15 felony convictions.

Two people, Webb Hubbell and Susan McDougal, went to jail rather than testify against the Clintons. The Clintons were not among those convicted.

Democrats are talking about the investigation into how Republicans outed a covert CIA employee, Valerie Plame. She was a CIA employee. She commuted daily in her red convertible to CIA headquarters.

A one-time true covert CIA employee, U-2 pilot Gary Powers, in his book “Operation Overflight,” said he was never allowed near a CIA building. Powers met with handlers in hotels.

The Whitewater investigation was very productive. However, Valerie Plame did not appear very “covert.”

Jim Kilen

Kansas City

Rex Hudler fans

Hey, Rex Hudler bashers. Are you serious?

What is it with Kansas City Royals fans? You must be content with boring.

The Hud brings to the broadcast booth something that had been lacking for a long time. Knowledge of the game and excitement along with some great humor. The guy has extreme passion for the game, which is evident and needed here in Kansas City.

Keep up the great work, Hud. Your supporters outnumber your boring critics (trust me).

Wadie

Khatchadourian Jr.

Bonner Springs

Frank White

I moved from New York to Overland Park four years ago. Initially, I missed good baseball announcers but found them on the radio and with Frank White while announcing for the Royals.

I learned more about Frank’s playing days and his history and feel he should be a candidate for the Hall of Fame (6-27, Letters).

He was the best announcer of the game I’ve heard since being in K.C. But knowing his history while playing the game, it is clear he should be voted into the Hall of Fame.

Carl Werra

Overland Park

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